The metropolis has now made 250,000 New Yorkers $100 richer with its Benjamins-for-shots vaccine incentive, Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Monday.
The determine has risen by 85,000 since Sept. 15, when the Big Apple had doled out 165,000 present playing cards to Big Apple residents receiving their first jabs.
“Since we started the $100 incentive, a quarter-million New Yorkers have taken advantage of it, 250,000 New Yorkers who got their first coronavirus vaccine dose,” he stated throughout his morning press briefing, held remotely from City Hall. “That’s a staggering number.”
The mayor famous that 45 p.c of people that have reaped the advantages of the to date $25 million, publicly funded initiative are Latino — and that 40 p.c of recipients have been younger, particularly between the ages of 18 and 35.
“The whole idea was to reach people who weren’t getting reached, and it worked like a charm,” he stated. “[It caused] a large quantity of uptake, making individuals safer.
“We know when we put out the idea for the $100 incentive, it just caught like wildfire,” he boasted. “You could just tell. People heard it, it made sense to them, it gave them an incentive.”
In late July, de Blasio introduced that New Yorkers who acquired their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine sequence would have the chance to be gifted $100 in a pre-paid card. In flip, President Biden inspired localities to implement the identical incentive program.